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Russia / NIS

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Russia—as a great power, an emerging market and an energy heavyweight—is intriguing. Both Russia and the post-Soviet space tend to be somewhat volatile and impenetrable.

The Russia/NIS Center, however, casts light on this region. Created in 2004, it anticipates new developments, enriches public debate and empowers decision-making on issues related to Russia and the New Independent States (NIS).

The Center regularly publishes papers on a wide array of themes, from central issues (such as the interaction between foreign policy and energy policy) to topics that are more innovative in France such as the Russian government’s attitude to internet governance, and the competitiveness of Russian universities.

The Center’s digital collection Russie.Nei.Visions (set up in 2005 and available in Russian, English and French) has become an important resource. Its analyses are widely disseminated via social networks and our researchers have a strong presence in French and international media.

Since the Center’s fouding, Ifri has hosted several top political representatives and key economic players in the Russian/NIS space.  Attendees at Ifri’s seminars and conferences, include former Ukrainian presidents V. Yushchenko and V. Yanukovych, former Georgian president M. Saakashvili and Russian Minister for Economic Development A. Ulyukayev.

The Center maintains a strong presence in the field, staying close to public authorities and multinational firms in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) area. It has also developed many partnerships with think tanks and research institutes in Europe, the United States, China, Japan and the post-Soviet space.

Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN

Head of Russia-NIS Center of Ifri

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Julien NOCETTI

Research Fellow at Russia/NIS Center of Ifri

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Maxime AUDINET

Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Pavel BAEV

Associate Research Fellow at Russia/NIS Center

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Bobo LO

Associate Research Fellow at Russia/NIS Center


Research areas:

  • Russian and Chinese foreign policy
Marlène LARUELLE

Associate Research Fellow at Russia/NIS Center

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This research area deals with economic issues and the evolution of the Russian society (formation of elites, human potential, youth, middle class, protests..)
NEI
This research area analyses the evolutions of New Independent States (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaïdjan, Kazakhstan, Ouzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan and Kirghizistan) and of their relations with the Russian Federation.
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This branch of research focuses on the reshaping of the Russian energy landscape and its implications in terms of foreign policy.
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This branch of research analyses the relations of Russia and the New Independent States with the rest of the world, with a special focus on security issues.
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This research axis analyses Russian domestic politics, the evolution of the political system and its elites, as well as their relations with society.
20/03/2019
By: Marlène LARUELLE, Ellen RIVERA

Like the proverbial cat, some concepts have several lives. Or, like the mythological phoenix, they can be reborn from the ashes. This is certainly the case of the Intermarium, a geopolitical concept that envisaged an alliance of countries reaching from the Baltic Sea over the Black Sea to the...

20/03/2019

Of Russia’s 146 million citizens (if we include those in Crimea), 63 million—or 43 percent—are under 34 years of age. Of these, 30 million belong to Generation Y (millennials in their 20s and early 30s), 15 million belong to Gen Z (teenagers), and a further 18 million are part of the youngest...

19/02/2019
By: Vladislav INOZEMTSEV

The 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine take place against the backdrop of the continuing “hybrid war” with Russia, but are also marked by the visible successes of the Ukrainian leadership in strengthening the country’s defenses, reviving its economic growth and...

17/12/2018
By: Nadège ROLLAND

Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus have long been a blind-spot for Chinese diplomacy and economic policy. For over a decade, however, China has been laying the foundations of a long-term presence in the area, a process which has accelerated since the end of 2013 with the launch of the Belt...

29/10/2018

The return of more conflictual relations between Russia and the West following Russia’s intervention in Eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea has led to a deterioration in the strategic environment for Northern European countries, particularly in the Baltic Sea Region and the Arctic.

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Sep
2017
Monday 18 September 2017
from 09:30 to 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

In 2013, Chinese president Xi Jinping first unveiled his broad vision to develop regional connectivity and infrastructure across Eurasia that would later be officially named the Belt and Road Initiative (or yi dai yi lu, One Belt, One Road, or OBOR). 

11/10/2017
By: Julien NOCETTI, guest of the program "Les Enjeux internationaux" on France Culture

King Salman received at the Kremlin with his 1,000-strong delegation, including 100 businessmen. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's official visit to Moscow is the first visit to Russia for a Saudi head of state. Can this visit be seen as the signal of a shift in the region or is it just...